Rathbone Ventures, LLC

Rathbone Ventures, LLC was incorporated in July 2013 to represent the work of Dan Rathbone and associates.

Current projects include:

From our introductory blog post:

Making the Market for Used Cars, Motorcycles, and Boats More Efficient

Jeeps in USA example used car price graph

If you're in the market for a car, motorcycle, or boat, buying a used vehicle is a great way to save money. A new vehicle is expensive. Also, it's widely known that a new car, motorcylcle, or boat will lose value as soon as you take it away from the dealership. It's entirely possible to find a high-quality used vehicle for thousands of dollars less than a new one.

Unfortunately, buying a used car, motorcycle, or boat is a difficult process for many people. Every vehicle has a different condition, mileage, and maintenance record. All these details add up the market value for any single vehicle - but if you don't know how a detail affects the price, you could pay too much sell for too little. Further, the typical process of negotiation can lower the price - but you don't know how much until you start negotiating. The price for any single car, motorcycle, or boat is not easy to determine, so prices across the used vehicle markets are not transparent.

CarGraph, MotorcycleGraph, and BoatGraph Make Prices Transparent

We collect millions of vehicle prices across hundreds of cities. If you're buying or selling a particular vehicle, we can show you hundreds of prices for similar car, motorcyle, or boat. Of course, every vehicle is different - but by showing similar vehicles together, they are easy to compare. You can look at each one and see the information the owner has listed, such as mileage, maintenance, and pictures to indicate condition. These comparisons give you the information you need to determine the fair price for any single vehicle. Negotiation may still change the price, but if you understand the market value for a few similar vehicles, you're in a better position to pick the right one. You can start the negotiation with confidence and evaluate the final price accurately.

To be clear, CarGraph, MotorcycleGraph, and BoatGraph are not in the business of buying or selling vehicles like a dealership. Our business is simply collecting and sharing information. We want to collect all the data about all the vehicles and share it with all the buyers and sellers. We show this information on a graph to make it easy to visually compare the prices. Below each graph we show links to the details of each vehicle (on other websites) where you can find more details. Providing this data, on millions of cars, motorcycles, and boats, across hundreds of cities, makes price comparison easy for individual vehicles, and makes prices transparent across the whole market.

2005 Jeep Wrangler example used car price distribution

Transparent Prices Make it Easy to Find a Fair Deal

CarGraph, MotorcycleGraph, and BoatGraph are new websites. We're small and we're growing, many people still don't know about us. In a market as big as the USA, many people will still make mistakes when they pick a price to buy or sell a vehicle.

By showing our data on a graph, we make it easy to spot these mistakes. You can avoid prices that are too high and perhaps even benefit from a price that's below the market average. Ultimately, we want to help all buyers and sellers find a fair price for their vehicle, quickly, easily, and accurately. We think that when more people know the fair price for a car, motorcycle, or boat, it's easier to agree on that price. In other words, it's easier to find a fair deal. This is how we save you time and money, and this is how we make the market for used vehicles more efficient.